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Study of Reclining Young Blonde On the Telephone, sk-505

Alberto Vargas

Not only was Alberto Vargas one of America's finest chroniclers of 20th Century female beauty, but he was a skilled technician who mastered the use of the figure to invent compositions, often in a void environment. The commissioned watercolor for this drawing, which was published in the June 1961 issue of Playboy magazine, contained pillows to rest her head on.

  This particular drawing is a pose and composition that some Vargas aficionados will immediately recognize as bearing a close resemblance to the first painting Alberto produced for Esquire magazine. The image was reproduced in the October 1940 issue and was the first appearance of the "Varga Girl" in Esquire and the beginning of the phenomenon that gave birth to a cultural icon.

30" x 22"

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